Joey Russo and Jeremy Luke will join previously announced star Christopher Walken in director Clint Eastwood's upcoming film adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Russo will play Joe Pesci, the actor who had a hand in the formation of the Four Seasons, and Luke will play Donnie, a loan shark who sets his sights on Frankie Valli. Walken is set to play Jersey gangster Gyp DeCarlo. The quartet of actors who will give onscreen life to Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi has not yet been announced, though original star John Lloyd Young is rumored to reprise his Tony-winning role.
Luke and Russo are already an onscreen pair, having both starred together in the TV series Turbo and Joey. Audiences are about to see a whole lot of Luke, who will star in Frank Darabont’s upcoming L.A. noir series Lost Angels, as well as Broken Horses, Mikeyboy, ETXR, The Fix and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon. Russo recently appeared in the Syfy flick Jersey Shore Shark Attack.
Jersey Boys tells the story of how the Four Seasons became one of the top-singing groups of the 1960s before they even turned 30. Like the show, the film will incorporate hits such as “Sherry,” “Oh What a Night,” Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” The musical opened in 2005 and is currently running at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre.